The Northshore School District is committed to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff. During the month of June, the District celebrates and recognizes Pride to commemorate the Stonewall riots, recognize the global impact that the LGBTQIA2S+* community has had, and advocate for actionable steps to affirm and amplify the voices of our own LGBTQIA2S+ community.
The LGBTQIA2S+ community is made of many races, ethnicities, abilities, faiths and beliefs. Intersectionality should remain at the forefront of the conversations that we have around and beyond Pride Month.
In our continued commitment to affirming our LGBTQIA2S+ community, the Racial and Educational Justice Department has taken a series of actionable steps since the 2019-2020 academic year. These include:
- Fall 2019: The Racial and Educational Justice Department added the Gender and Sexuality Subcommittee (GSS) to our Racial and Educational Justice Committee.
- Winter 2019: In collaboration with community members, an all gender restroom was established in the Central Office.
- Spring 2020 – present: The Racial and Educational Justice Department, in partnership with GSS, is developing a Pride Coalition for staff across the District that will launch in late Fall 2021.
- Winter 2021 – present: The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department and the Racial and Educational Justice Department, in collaboration with students, families, community members, and educators, are developing an Ethnic Studies framework, with grade-banded iterations, that provide increasing opportunities for windows and mirrors to flourish in Northshore’s classrooms.
The Racial and Educational Justice Department will continue to expand its partnerships with Northshore’s LGBTQIA2S+ community and maintain a growing set of initiatives.
In recognizing LGBTQIA2S+ Pride, Northshore School District strives to ensure that every student feels a sense of safety and belonging. It is important for each student to see their school and district-community as vibrant, inclusive, and equitable. It is the District’s commitment that all of our students are seen and heard. This commitment aligns with Goal 2 of the District’s Strategic Plan, which aims to shape responsible, resilient, empathetic learners who value diverse cultures and perspectives.
* LGBTQIA2S+ includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and the countless affirmative ways that people choose to self-identify.
Pride Community Panel
The Racial and Educational Justice Department hosted a Pride Week of Engagement during the week of June 7, 2021. We sent out resources and elementary read-alouds to all Northshore educators. We also facilitated a community panel with Northshore students, educators and community members on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Watch the Pride Community Panel below.
Importance of Pride Month
Watch Northshore Learns News! Rick Lizotte from Woodinville High School and Ayva Thomas from the Racial and Educational Justice Department join Dr. Reid to recognize and discuss the importance of Pride Month.
- Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
- Gay City: COVID-19 Resources
- Gender & Sexual Identity
- GLAAD: LGBTQ General Resource List
- GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
- GLSEN: Washington State
- Human Rights Campaign
- Lambert House
- LGBTQ Resources
- LGBTQ Youth Resources
- PFLAG Seattle
- PFLAG Bellevue
- PFLAG Bellevue Facebook
- The Trevor Project
- Understanding the Gender Spectrum
- Article: "Gender Identity: Why It's More Important Than Ever to Educate Yourself and Your Family" by Nancy Schatz Alton